Wednesday, June 2, 2010

White-headed Woodpeckers!



Lookit! White-headed Woodpeckers! The male is the one with the red, female - no red. This is actually not a pair but I took the the photos on the same day. The female was right outside our bedroom window and I was able to open it and get a pretty sweet shot of her. The male we found while hiking just a few miles away.
The male let me get within 12 feet of him while he was excavating. Pretty awesome. I haven't seen White-headed woodpeckers in a couple years and the picture I got then was pretty gross so I was pretty pumped that I got these yesterday. Such a cool bird!
These guys are found in parts of the Western US in coniferous forests, big fans of snags like most woodpeckers. Which is one of the reasons they are declining in some places. The removal of snags, clearcutting, fire suppression, even -aged stands, etc = crappy stuff. They're listed as endangered in BC and a species of concern in some US states. Nature Notes

22 comments:

Miguel Martinez said...

nderful photo.
Congratulation.

chasity said...

woodpeckers are some of my favorite birds....they are fascinating.
you got some amazing shots!

Janie said...

Great photos of the woodpecker!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Love Woodpeckers and I had never seen White-headed until this post. Your images are quite wonderful and it was so neat, how close you were able to get!!! I just saw my first Red-headed Woodies this past 10 days, may place by week ending~

Carver said...

These are fantastic shots of the woodpeckers. We have quite a few in my neck of the woods but I don't think I've ever seen this particular one before.

EG Wow said...

Wonderful shots!

Leora said...

What pretty birds - especially the male with his red dot.

Dominic Gendron said...

Cool bird! Never saw this bird...Great pictures!

A piece of news said...

Oh golly! Look at him stick his head in the tree! That's excellent. Is he eating? Camera shy? ;)

jason said...

Great shots! They certainly are attractive birds.

MyMaracas said...

What great photos! We have red headed, downy and pilleated peckers, but I've never seen white headed ones. They do make some impressive holes in our trees, though, so I'm not too fond of them.

Clytie said...

I love woodpeckers! There's something magical about them ... maybe because they're rather elusive around here. I hear the pileated woodpeckers all the time, but only once in a while get a glimpse.

I love the shot where the female's white head seems to glow in the dark. Fantastic!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We have this insane woodpecker here in our park who keeps working at the METAL light post! I'm not sure what kind he is yet, but I think he has serious problems. Or else Florida woodpeckers are different from any I've ever known.

Steve Borichevsky said...

How cool! I missed this one when I was living on the left coast.

Rambling Woods said...

What great shots and to see one excavating is way too cool Jill...I am sorry to hear of there status...they have so much company on that list....Michelle

Idaho Birder said...

What a cool woodpecker!

Halcyon said...

Lovely! I posted a red-headed woodpecker for this week. I've never seen one of these guys before.

mick said...

Lovely birds and its such a pity when we take out all the old timber that is home to so many small creatures.

Bob Kaufman said...

Jill, I am so jealous! never got a decent picture of a White-headed WP despite many tries. And you got some really awesome shots!

Larry said...

Gorgeous shots of the White-headed Woodpecker Jill! We get to see these in Lassen Park and I hope to get some photos of them in a few weeks. I'm always excited even to see these guys! Super photos, especially the one of him excavating the cavity.

You think we would learn after awhile to save more wild areas. At least we have the wildlife preserves and the National and State forests.

MaineBirder said...

What a beautiful Woodpecker! This would be a life bird for me. Excellent photos!

kbguy (福生) said...

lovely. How did you manage to take all these sharp photos of these little creatures ? What camera and what type of lenses you use. I am thinking of going into bird photography too..